Newsletter for Saturday, June 20
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Pier 53’s Land Buoy tower gets an extra splash of color; photo via @dgenuario on Instagram.
RALPH ROBERTS: A TRUE PHILADELPHIAN
Comcast founder Ralph Roberts died Thursday night at the age of 95. Though he wasn’t born here, his legacy and that of the company he founded here will always be rooted in Philadelphia. Comcast started in 1963 with the purchase of a small TV company in Tupelo, Miss., in 1963 and grew from there. As the cable industry exploded and Comcast’s profits multiplied, Roberts and the company never left Philadelphia. There are many reasons to say thanks for the memories, Ralph.
DAY-TRIP PHOENIXVILLE: BREWERIES, BIRDING & THE BLOBFEST
Welcome to the artsy and relaxed Chester County town that offers a variety of shopping, dining and drinking options in its downtown area if you’re looking to get out of the hustle and bustle of the city. Bridge Street is full of small boutiques and art galleries, and just outside the town center are a number of parks and recreational opportunities for biking, birding and exploring. Plus, there’s beer — good beer. Here’s how to get there and what to do when you arrive.
SURPRISE: PHILLY’S FIRST CHEESECAKE FACTORY IS KIND OF GOOD
On June 23, Philadelphia’s first Cheesecake Factory opens at the corner of 15th and Walnut (here’s our breakdown of the menu). Billy Penn was invited for a preview meal, and discovered something kind of unnerving. The food is actually pretty good. Yes, the portions are gigantic. And no, it’s not a good choice if you’re looking to avoid over-the-top temptations. But the national chain pulls off an impressive feat — the food served actually looks like what’s shown in slick marketing images.
BILLY PENN PLAYLIST: FROM WALKIN’ FOR THE POPE TO WATER EVERYWHERE
Will Philadelphia be able to handle the Pope? The city held its first major update on his visit this week and let it be known that people needed to get used to walking everywhere rather than drive or take SEPTA like normal. Elsewhere, poor signs of infrastructure were afoot in West and Northwest Philly with bursting water mains. Hear all about it in our weekly #BillyPennPlaylist.
ON THE CALENDAR
COMMUNITY GARDENS DAY
Ever walked by that adorable garden your neighbors seem to pull into gorgeous bloom each spring and wished you could walk through? For the second year running, citywide association Neighborhoods Gardens Trust has organized a day where you can do just that. A total of 45 gardens all over Philadelphia will be hosting tours, arts and crafts activities, BBQs, musical performances and gardening demos throughout the day. Check out the map and get some green in your weekend.
When: 10 AM-3 PM, Saturday, June 20
Where: All over the city
How Much: Free
MANAYUNK ARTS FESTIVAL
More than 200,000 people are expected to show up over the course of two days for the 26th annual edition of this juried art show, which one of the largest outdoor events of its kind in the Mid-Atlantic. Upwards of 300 artists will display their work, from paintings to pillows to woodwork, and there will be games and activities at tents along the way. Bike is the best way to arrive, but if you drive, there are shuttle buses from two area parking lots (details at the link below).
When: 11 AM-7 PM, Saturday, June 20 & 11 AM-6 PM, Sunday, June 21
Where: Main Street, Manayunk
How Much: Free
WELCOME SUMMER WITH $5 MARGARITAS
Hallelujah, summer is officially here. What better way to celebrate the solstice than with some day-drinking (seriously, it’s the perfect opportunity, since you can take a mid-day nap and still have plenty of daylight left). The Jose Garces Baja-themed taco shop on Callowhill is ready to enable that with discounted frozen margs, which go for $5 instead of $7 all day long.
When: 11 AM-9 PM, Sunday, June 21
Where: Buena Onda, 1901 Callowhill St.
How Much: $5 per drink (tacos are $3 ea.)
FREE FROZEN CUSTARD FOR DAD
Which would you rather have: A boring tie or some delicious mud pie frozen custard? Shake Shack is making it easy to give dad both, because if you take your pops or baby’s daddy to any of the three area locations, he’ll get a free cup or cone of the cool, sweet treat.
When: All day, Sunday, June 21
Where: Shake Shack Rittenhouse, University City & King of Prussia
How Much: Free for dads
SUNDAY HAPPY HOUR AT PALLADINO’S
A table under the wood-roofed terrace outside Luke Palladino’s East Passyunk spot lets you soak in the scenery of a South Philly street while giving you access to the upscale Italian food and drink from the restaurant inside. It’s now even better on Sunday afternoons, thanks to the launch of a new happy hour. Specials include $3 Peronis, $4 Yards, Victory and Dogfish, $5 wine and $6 drinks, plus deals on snacks like the ridiculous truffle potato skins.
When: 2:30-5 PM, Sundays starting June 21
Where: Palladino’s 1934 E. Passyunk Ave.
How Much: Pay as you go